Soldiers thank schoolchildren for support during Afghanistan posting

PUBLISHED: 16:00 24 June 2018

Army visiting Mead Vale Primary School to swap flags. The troop has been in Afghanistan and had a school flag and the school pupils sent boxes to them at Christmas.

Army visiting Mead Vale Primary School to swap flags. The troop has been in Afghanistan and had a school flag and the school pupils sent boxes to them at Christmas.

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Soldiers visited a Mead Vale school to thank pupils.

Army visiting Mead Vale Primary School to swap flags. The troop has been in Afghanistan and had a school flag and the school pupils sent boxes to them at Christmas.Army visiting Mead Vale Primary School to swap flags. The troop has been in Afghanistan and had a school flag and the school pupils sent boxes to them at Christmas.

Sergeant Gaz James, a member of DCM D (628 Signal Troop), 1 NATO Signal Brigade, has two children at Mead Vale Primary School.

Members of the unit visited the school, and the children tried on combat gear and had a go at using the soldiers’ radio devices.

They also learned about field rations and watched a short film the soldiers made about their recent posting.

The school was given a commemorative photograph, two commemorative medals, a NATO medal of honour and a Queen’s medal for service in Afghanistan.

Sergeant James created a Mead Vale flag to fly in Afghanistan so his children could feel a little closer to him while he was on tour. The school also flew the unit’s flag while he was in Afghanistan to cement the link.

At Christmas, pupils, staff and parents made parcels to send to the troops, which were opened on Christmas Day.

The soldiers formally took down their flag and hoisted the Mead Vale flag they made in its place.

Headteacher Jason Nicolaides said: “We are overwhelmed with pride at Mead Vale with how the children reacted to the visit and the response from the troops. The link between the school and the unit is very strong and DCM D (628 Signal Troop) has become a permanent part of our school’s community.”

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